Carolyn Purtill, a longtime Winters resident, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2008. She was 75. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 18, 1933 to Joseph and Pearl Chaney, and attended Gonzaga University where she met her beloved husband, Thomas Purtill. They moved to Winters in 1965 where they raised their 11 children.
She was active in the parish of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, where she taught catechism for many years and was a member of the Altar Society. She was a devout mother and grandmother. Her family and friends will remember her for her love of Christ, grace, insight, and unique sense of humor.
She is survived by her children; Thomas, John, Stephen, Joseph, Michael, Mary Carolyn, Mary Claire, Mary Anne, Margaret Mary, Frank and James; grandchildren, Stephen Jr, Tullio, Christopher, Samuel, Katherine, Daniel, Elizabeth, Jessica, Heather, Julia, Ethan, Booker, Lincoln, Sarah, Indiana, Zachary, Sydney and Benjamin; sister, Claire Elliot, and brother, Evan Chaney.
She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas, daughter Mary-Elizabeth, and granddaughter Gretchen.
A Rosary was held Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, followed by a Mass on Wednesday, April 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
Leon “Jake” Bajakian passed away peacefully in Napa on April 13, 2008, with his wife, children, grandchildren and pastor by his side. Born to Arshlovsh Michelian and Onnig Bajakian of Sivas Turkey in Providence, Rhode Island on Nov. 28, 1929, he was 78 years old.
He joined the US Air Force in 1947 and was stationed in Germany for three years. His next assignment was at Westoner, Massachusetts. He married Mary Hagopian of Providence, Rhode Island in 1955, and then was transferred to Tripoli, Libya. Their daughter, Melanie, was born three years later.
His service led him to Northern California in the early ‘60s. Following the birth of their son, George, they moved to Japan, where they spent the next three years. Through his service, Mr. Bajakian continued to travel the world. In the late 1970s, he retired from the Air Force and made his home in Fairfield.
He was an avid fisherman, and loved playing cards, backgammon and chess with his son and grandson. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and volunteered at the Yountville Veterans Home. He was involved with his Triple X Fraternity and was active at St. James Armenian Church of Sacramento. He loved volunteering to barbecue at the Napa Chef’s Market and Davis Farmers Market. His favorite times were telling stories to his family, friends and anyone he would meet. Family members say he was loved by everyone.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and John Pickerel; son and daughter-in-law, George and Linda Bajakian; grandchildren, Emarie, Meika, George Jr., Alex, Matthew, Kelli, Erin and Jesse; sisters, Doris and Alice; many nieces, nephews and friends, and sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Walter and George.
A Christian Mass will be held at St. James Armenian Church, 3240 B Street in Sacramento on Thursday, April 17. Viewing will take place from 10-11 a.m., and Mass will start at 11 a.m., followed by a fellowship. Burial will take place at the Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road in Dixon, on April 18 at 11:30 a.m. Friends and family are invited to the services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the St. James Armenian Church, 3240 B Street, Sacramento, CA 95816.
Mary Molina Perez passed away at her Winters home on Wednesday, April 2, following an 11-year illness. Born on Jan. 5, 1920 in Pilar De Lubrin, Spain, to Diego and Adelaida Molina, she was 88 years old.
She and her husband, Frank R. Molina, were married in 1939, and were longtime Winters farmers. She was widowed on May 2, 1975. She and her daughter, Gloria, and son-in-law, Lorin, continued to farm as F&M Orchards. In June 1979, she married Chris M. Perez and continued to live in her Abbey Street home. She was very proud of her family and loved to attend all her grandsons’ activities, and always cooked lunch for the boys and their friends during their school years.
She was active at St. Anthony Catholic Church and in the Altar Society until her illness prevented her from participating. Her faith was very precious to her, say family members, and she attended Mass faithfully.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Lorin V. Warren of Winters; grandsons and their wives, Lorin and Gina Warren, Robert and Sharon Warren, Richard and Lora Warren, Ryan and Tori Warren, and Monte and Jeanette Molina; grandchildren Gary, Jim, Cerise and Rachelle O’Conner, Rich and Lyn Rudolph, and Dennis and Doug Dow; great-grandchildren Danny, Noelle, Robert, Sarah, Steven, Cody, Gary, Karlee and Lillie;.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank R. Molina; husband, Chris M. Perez; son, Gary J.; parents, Diego and Adelaida Molina; brother, Antonio Molina; sisters, Natividad Martinez and Francisca Martinez.
Visitation and Rosary will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Monday, April 14, 6-8 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Tuesday, April 15, at 11 a.m. Internment will be at the Winters Cemetery
following the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anthony Altar Society, St. Anthony Building Fund, the Winters Healthcare Foundation, or the organization of donor’s choice.
Winters resident Douglas Ray “Mazza” Warrick Collette passed away in Winters on March 22, 2008. Born on Dec. 16, 1944 to John and Genevieve Warrick in Cypress, California, he was 63 years old. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.
He is survived by his brothers, Bruce, Bobbie, David and Wayne Warrick, and Jerry, Tim and Steve Collette; sister, Sherry Collette; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are planned on Friday, April 11, at 2 p.m. at the military cemetery on Midway Road in Dixon. Donations are needed to help with funeral expenses, and donation jars have been placed around town.
Samuel Kirk Sanders of Dunnigan passed away in Vallejo on March 17, 2008, following a brief illness. Born on Jan. 27, 1960, in Whitesburg, Kentucky, he was 48 years old. He was employed in the City of Winters Public Works department for one year, and enjoyed spending time with his five granddaughters, riding his motorcycle, attending rock concerts, and having fun with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughter, Hayley O’Neil of Winters; son, Eric Gordon of Winters; grandchildren, Kayla, Kari, Kelli and Kaitlyn O’Neil, and Taylor Gordon; sister and brother-in-law Mishael and Steve Segovia of Trona and sister Marcia Hall of Whitesburg, Kentucky; brothers and sisters in law Tim and Becky Sanders, Wendall and Stacy Sanders of Box Elder, South Dakota, Steve Sanders of Bristol, Tennessee and Kent and Karen Sanders of Whitesburg, Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ethel Sanders and William Bruce Sanders, grandparents Thomas and Lola Sanders, and great-grandparents Sam and Pollyann Sergent.
Funeral services were held on March 21 at McCune’s Garden Chapel in Vacaville. Pastor Scott Yamato officiated. Burial took place at the Winters Cemetery.
A graveside service for Tony Garcia Jr. 86, of Dixon, was held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, in Silveyville Cemetery, Dixon.
Mr. Garcia died March 11, 2008, in Santa Rosa following a short illness.
Born February 2, 1922, in Mankas Corner, Mr. Garcia was a lifelong resident of Solano County. He was a local rancher, retired Solano County deputy sheriff and proud WWII Naval veteran.
Mr. Garcia was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Frances Garcia.
Mr. Garcia is survived by sons, Dennis (Jeanette), Ron (Carol), Richard (Ronica) and Michael (Fiancé Teresa); brother, Angelo (Manuela); Grandchildren, Kimberly (Scott) Robben, Brian Garcia, Beth (Brian) Schroeder, Cicely (A.J.) Bernhardt, Victoria Garcia and Daniel Garcia; and nine great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were under the direction of Milton Carpenter Funeral Home 678-2189.
Frances C.E. Cameron 95, passed away in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 14. She was born Nov. 2, 1912 in Winters to Louise and George Chapman. She grew up in Winters and resided in the Mountain View area for many years, where she was very active in the community and with friends.
She is remembered for her patriotism, kindness and caring for others. She was caregiver for many years for her family and friends who needed her.
She is survived by her daughters; Francine Wagner and husband George of Piedmont, OK., Dixine Sanford and husband David of San Diego, grandchildren Ryan Wagner and wife Karen Wagner, Blaine Wagner and wife Patricia Wagner, Shalene Smith and husband Jeff Smith, Micah Sanford, Noel Medina and her husband Ryan; great-grandchildren, Lacey Smith, Makenzi Wagner, Luke Sanford, Jake Medina, Sadie Medina, Michela Sanford; sisters, Virginia Pelganti and husband Harry and Alice Mae Briggs.
She is predeceased by her parents, sister, Rhoda Johnson, brother, George Chapman, Mandarin Eugene Chapman, and her husband Lt. Col. Don I. Cameron, to whom she was very devoted. She and Mr. Cameron thoroughly enjoyed attending various military functions together.
A celebration of life service will be held in San Diego.
Genevieve Catherine Hasbrook came into this world on Nov. 12, 1916 and passed away peacefully at her home on March 7, 2008. She was the oldest daughter of Henry and Myrtle Pratt, who with her nine brothers and sisters lived and worked on her parents’ farm in Escalon. She and her siblings represented the 4th generation of the Pratt family in California and were deeply rooted to this country in part through their Native American heritage passed to them from their mother, Myrtle.
She graduated from Ripon High School and attended Community College in San Jose, where she also worked as a telephone operator for Pacific Bell. A mutual friend introduced her to a young corporate attorney, Stanley S. Hasbrook. They were married at the Catholic Cathedral in San Jose on May 2, 1943.
The couple moved to Santa Clara and were blessed with a son, Stephen Noble Hasbrook. Stephen attended St. Clare grammar school in Santa Clara where Mrs. Hasbrook was active in the Ladies Guild, Alter Society and Carmelite Monastery. Stephen passed away at age 8, following a fatal accident. The Hasbrooks were again blessed in 1959 and 1961 with the births of John Stephen and Stephanie Clare.
Mrs. Hasbrook was always very active in the lives of her children and family, serving on numerous school committees, spearheading special projects and fundraising for St. Justin Grammar School, Bellarmine College Preparatory and the Villa Siena elderly care and religious retirement community. Later in life, she served as a docent for the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University. She moved to Winters following the passing of her husband in 1990. In Winters, she made many friends and was active with St. Anthony Catholic Church Alter Society and its Abby House food and clothing charity.
Mrs. Hasbrook is described as a gifted artist and created many “heritage wreathes,” wall plaques and freestanding art from conifer cones, tree pods and numerous other natural materials. She rarely sold any of her art, preferring to donate her work for charity events or as gifts for special friends. She was known to many for her incredible floral arrangements and her lifelong love of plants and flowers. Up until her final days, she was helping her family plant bulbs in her garden.
She is survived by seven siblings; daughter and son-in-law Stephanie and Roger Hasbook~Fetter of Grass Valley, son and daughter-in-law John and Erin Hasbrook of Winters; grandchildren, Catherine Siena, Clara Rose and Stephen James of Winters; many loving friends.
She was honored when the almonds trees were blooming, which was her favorite time of year. Memorial services took place at St. Anthony Catholic Church on March 12. Interment will be at the Santa Clara Mission Cemetery
on Thursday, March 13, at 11 a.m.
James Fowler Baker, 75, died on Monday, March 10, 2008 at Woodland Memorial Hospital in Woodland. Born on Sept. 30, 1930 in Lampasas, Texas to Marion and Irene (Filmore) Baker, he attended area schools there. In 1945, the family moved to Winters. He was a 1950 graduate of Winters High School.
A Woodland resident for the past 63 years, he was employed as a manager at the Rent All Center for 10 years, then worked at Wal Mart from 1995 until his retirement in 2005. Following retirement, he returned to work at Wal Mart within the same year. He was a member of Woodland Bible Church.
He is survived by his sons, Troy Baker of Woodland, Bryson Baker and fiancee Summer of Magalia, and Joe Wolfinbarger and wife Elana of Colorado; sister, Pat Brown of Woodland; brother, Tom Baker and wife Sandy of Fair Oaks; grandchildren Ashley and Nicolas Baker of Woodland, Nyah Rose Baker and Jettre Hampton of Magalia, and Sabrina and Katie Wolfinbarger of Colorado; great-grandson Jose “Pops” Reyna of Woodland.
A celebration of his life is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at Woodland Bible Church, located at 433 California Street in Woodland, with pastor Verl Taylor officiating. A reception will follow services at the church hall. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Woodland Bible Church in Mr. Baker’s memory. Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland is in charge of the services.